The Polarizing QB: ESPN’s Mina Kimes Examines Tyrod Taylor
By almost all indications, the Bills had set up Tyrod Taylor to fail in a season which very could be his last in Buffalo. Taylor's restructured contract allows for an "out" from the team's perspective after the 2017 season, before a $6 million roster bonus is due for 2018. Taylor's two best wide receivers are now on the Rams; Robert Woods signed with LA as a free agent and Sammy Watkins was traded. Running back Mike Gillislee was allowed to walk in free agency, to the rival Patriots no less. Changes were made on defense too. Arguably the Bills best cornerback, Ronald Darby, was shipped off to Philadelphia.
Things are a little different now. Jordan Matthews, acquired in that Darby deal, is healthy and the Bills recently pulled off a trade for another receiving threat in Kelvin Benjamin from the Panthers. Does the latter indicate a confidence in Taylor going forward?
Tyrod Taylor is one of the most polarizing or at least perplexing quarterbacks in today's NFL. He possesses the mobility so many GMs and head coaches covet and he's shown the ability to make plays down the field, but inconsistencies in his game with an overarching desire to reach the playoffs for the first time in 17 years has clouded the vision of exactly who Taylor is as a QB.
No one can dissect the case of Tyrod Taylor better than Mina Kimes who wrote all about it for the November 13 issue of ESPN the Magazine.